‘Panic’ and ‘The Runaway’

Kaiko, Takeshi

Published by University Of Tokyo Press, 1977
ISBN 10: 0860081966 / ISBN 13: 9780860081968
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Tokyo. 1977. University Of Tokyo Press. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 51. 122 pages. hardcover. 0860081966. keywords: December 30. inventory # 4942. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Available for the first time in English translation are two best-selling stories by Takeshi Kaiko, a popular contemporary Japanese writer. The stories presented here deal with a theme often found in Kaiko’s work - the plight of the individual struggling against the overwhelming pressures of the system. ‘Panic,’ written in 1957, relates the story of Shunsuke, a hardworking young bureaucrat, as he tries to steer his own course through a corrupt world of officialdom. An employee of the forestry department of a local government, Shunsuke predicts a plague of rats and submits a detailed report outlining countermeasures against the pending disaster. First the report is snubbed; then, when the plague becomes reality and the town begins to panic, Shunsuke’s superiors react in stereotypically bungling bureaucratic fashion. ‘The Runaway,’ published two years after ‘Panic,’ is set in Ch’in China in the third century B.C., a brief peaceful period following unification of the country under the first emperor. The narrator, a Chinese peasant, is abruptly wrenched from his quiet life, one of hundreds of thousands of men conscripted into a ruthless corvée system to build the Great Wall in an effort to keep out the barbaric Central Asian Hsiung-nu from the newly established empire. The historic events of the time are visible only in dim outline, as they affect the life of the narrator. Both ‘Panic,’ revealing modern man in his everyday situation, and ‘The Runaway,’ a historical novel of sustained imagination, are thoroughly good stories. Perhaps, with the departure of some of the more aesthetic and psychological writers from the scene, Kaiko may be heralding a new style in Japanese literature. These translations of two of his representative works will bring Kaiko much-deserved recognition as a lively describer of human existence against a realistic background and a writer of universal appeal. Takeshi Kaiko, born in Osaka in 1 930, is one of Japan’s outstanding short story and essay writers. Charles Dunn is professor of Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. Bookseller Inventory # 4942

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Title: ‘Panic’ and ‘The Runaway’
Publisher: University Of Tokyo Press
Publication Date: 1977
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
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Book Description University Of Tokyo Press, 1977. hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket. 1st Edition. Tokyo. 1977. University Of Tokyo Press. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 122 pages. hardcover. Takeshi Kaik? (30 December 1930 – 9 December 1989) was a prominent post-World War II Japanese novelist, short-story writer, essayist, literary critic, and television documentary writer. He was distinguished by his knowledge, intellect, sense of humor and conversational skills, and although his style has been criticized as wordy and obtuse, he was one of the more popular Japanese writers in the late Showa period. 0860081966. keywords: 42268. inventory # 4938. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Available for the first time in English translation are two best-selling stories by Takeshi Kaiko, a popular contemporary Japanese writer. The stories presented here deal with a theme often found in Kaiko’s work - the plight of the individual struggling against the overwhelming pressures of the system. ‘Panic,’ written in 1957, relates the story of Shunsuke, a hardworking young bureaucrat, as he tries to steer his own course through a corrupt world of officialdom. An employee of the forestry department of a local government, Shunsuke predicts a plague of rats and submits a detailed report outlining countermeasures against the pending disaster. First the report is snubbed; then, when the plague becomes reality and the town begins to panic, Shunsuke’s superiors react in stereotypically bungling bureaucratic fashion. ‘The Runaway,’ published two years after ‘Panic,’ is set in Ch’in China in the third century B.C., a brief peaceful period following unification of the country under the first emperor. The narrator, a Chinese peasant, is abruptly wrenched from his quiet life, one of hundreds of thousands of men conscripted into a ruthless corvée system to build the Great Wall in an effort to keep out the barbaric Central Asian Hsiung-nu from the newly established empire. The historic events of the time are visible only in dim outline, as they affect the life of the narrator. Both ‘Panic,’ revealing modern man in his everyday situation, and ‘The Runaway,’ a historical novel of sustained imagination, are thoroughly good stories. Perhaps, with the departure of some of the more aesthetic and psychological writers from the scene, Kaiko may be heralding a new style in Japanese literature. These translations of two of his representative works will bring Kaiko much-deserved recognition as a lively describer of human existence against a realistic background and a writer of universal appeal. Takeshi Kaiko, born in Osaka in 1 930, is one of Japan’s outstanding short story and essay writers. Charles Dunn is professor of Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. Bookseller Inventory # 4938

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